NEW ADVENTURE – FRONTERIORS

You might have seen it on my Instagram stories already yet due to the high enthusiasm and adrenalin levels, we also want to share this news on the blog.
I have started a new business venture with friend and fellow interior stylist, Kath, better known as @houseofhawkes. Kath and I met at an industry event a few years ago and have developed a great working relationship and friendship from the start. Even though we are in the same line of business, we have proven that sharing is caring. Being open and constructive towards one another has given us both the opportunity to grow.

We often catch up over coffee to exchange thoughts and ideas and at our first meeting this year, after yet another discussion about upgrading and/or hacking IKEA furniture for clients that required custom carpentry work, and our frustration with the fact that no such products exists ready-made in the market, we decided, pretty much on the spur of the moment, to ‘fill that gap’ ourselves. And just like that, Fronteriors was born!

Following that eventful lunch, we have spent several weeks channelling our creativity to design a range of custom doors and tops to fit a selection of IKEA furniture frames that we work with a lot. The concept of making bespoke fronts and accessories to upgrade IKEA pieces isn’t new – it exists across Europe and the US, but what we will offer is something locally available to the Gulf region as well as a selection of finishes that have not yet been seen in this arena.

Kath and I have dedicated a lot of time and thought to selecting the materials, combinations and upgrade options for our first launch. We are both suckers for cane yet have a list of our favorite choices for the other surfaces of our fronts, sides and tops that we are hoping will blow your socks off too.

We announced our design collaboration via our Instagram platforms on 7 March and have been overwhelmed by the messages of excitement, encouragement and support received ever since – not to mention that we have been inundated with pre-orders that have resulted in a growing wait list. Needless to say, the pressure is on and we cannot wait to deliver our first products.

As I said in the Instagram post, there’s no million dollar plan in place, just two ridiculously passionate interior gals throwing caution to the wind and following a shared dream.

Keep an eye on our @fronteriors Instagram feed and website to see some or our inspiration, behind the scenes shots of this adventure and obviously more information regarding the official launch.

SHOP THE MILAN LOOK

Visiting Italy in spring is always a good idea. Our excuse this week was a trip to the Milan Design Week to spot trends, meet with suppliers and experience the creative epicenter of styling and design that this city transforms into once a year. For the work that we do it is one of the most inspirational trips we can make.

Yet there is more to Milan then just the Design Week. The architecture, the shops, the food and the people, it’s all so good to experience making us realize there is a lot that we can learn from the Italians.

Italians are known for living la dolce vita (“the good life”).
Food should be enjoyed at a table with loved ones. So we sat down and had numerous plates of the most divine pasta, taking the time for it and appreciating all those tasty ingredients. A salad is considered a side dish and not a meal. We are supporters!

We fit right in by not getting up too early yet starting the day off right with a croissant and coffee at a local coffee bar. Drinks go in proper cups in Italy, there is no such thing as a coffee to-go.

And the Italians know how to dress well. They live by the saying: la bella figura, meaning that life is better when you look better. So no messy bun and flip flops but beautiful quality pieces and dito shoes.

To make sure that we would look good for the occasion, we were dressed by Smallable. We chose some beautiful items to reflect both our own style and that of a Design Week. We went for classic pieces that could be dressed up or down for the different events we were attending.

Regarding design, we go back home fully inspired. When it comes to lifestyle, we hope to become a little more Italian every year because Vivo forte – Perché no? (translates: Live Loud, why not?)

SHOP THE LOOK: Striped blazer by Modetrotter | Beige cropped pants by See by Chloé | Ti Amo t-shirt by Swildens | Soft pink blouse by Xirena | High rise jeans by YMC | Mustard blouse by See by Chloé | Navy blazer by Modetrotter |

Photography by Live Loud Girl & an occasional stranger

LIVE LOUD GIRL HOLIDAY HOME

Some big news! We bought a coastal holiday home in The Netherlands. Well actually it is a tiny villa on a holiday home park. Last Tuesday we received the keys to our new holiday home which is located in Zeeland, on the Dutch coast. Although we have gotten very spoiled in Dubai with the warm sea and the many beach days a year, going to a Dutch beach is still incredible. After 8 years living as expats, we are excited to own our place again in Holland.

We will be renovating to make it our own. In this process we will be sharing some inspiration and behind the scene shots on @liveloudgirlstays

Our inspiration is beauty, chill, surf style, family life yet with a touch of design. We will of course be experimenting with paint and entirely renovating the kitchen and bathroom as those need an upgrade. In the meantime I will be looking for some vintage pieces which I sincerely miss so much in our work in Dubai. You can get a sneak peek on my Pinterest board…

This summer we hope to be staying here so the pressure is on. And if you want to get a taste of how it is to stay in a Live Loud Girl home on the Dutch coast… it will be available to rent out.

Stay tuned and follow our exciting adventure. We can’t wait to get started.

Photo credits: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6|

SPRING BREAK

Spring break is on our doorstep and for a change we will be spending it back home. A long day of traveling is ahead of us so it is essential to get comfortable. In Holland, cooler weather is awaiting us. We obviously hope to get some nice spring days too although we can not say we don’t get enough sun during the year. Our days will be filled with family and relaxing. No (very) early school drop offs, no routine and no school uniform for two weeks! Hallelujah!

We will be making some outings together yet for me it is also a work trip. Preparing a visit to the Design week in Milan (Yeah! Obviously more about this in the coming weeks) and taking the first steps in getting our own little hide away up and running. The only thing that I can tell you is that you can soon book a break Live Loud Girl style….

So with full suitcases and agenda’s we are off for the coming two weeks. A break in between our completed jobs in the first quarter of this year and a chance to energize for some awesome projects that are lined up for the next.

SHOP THE LOOK: All from Alex & Alexa | Unauthorised navy striped shorts | Unauthorised brown corduroy shorts | Unauthorised white short sleeved hoodie | Unauthorised purple t-shirt | Hummel black kick pants | Adidas off white trainers | Molo green duffle bag |

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